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  1. 1. WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION TradePolicyReviewBody RESTRICTED 30January2012 (12-0581) English TRADE POLICY REVIEW Conductedby DrMalikKhalidMehmood Pursuant to the Agreement Establishing the Trade Policy Review Mechanism (Annex 3 of the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization), thepolicystatement byNepal isattached. Note: This report is subject to restricted circulation and press embargo until the end of the first session of the meeting of the Trade Policy Review Body on Nepal.
  2. 2. Nepal Page3 CONTENTS Page 1. Introduction 5 2. MacroeconomicSituation 5 2.1 Agriculture 6 2.2 Services 7 2.2.1 Remittance 8 2.2.2 Tourism 8 2.2.3 WaterResources 9 2.2.4 Information and Communication Technology 10 2.2.5 Health and Education 10 2.3 Industry 11 2.4 Trade 12 2.5 Investment 13 2.6 Intellectual Property Regime 14 2.7 Monetary Policy Management 14 2.7.1 Monetary Situation and Inflation 15 2.7.2 Foreign Exchange Management 15 3. EconomicReforms 15 4. TradePolicy,ProceduresandInstitutionalArrangements 16 4.1 Trade Policy2009 16 4.2 Nepal Trade Integration Strategy (NTIS) 2010 16 4.3 Tariff 17 4.4 Transit 17 4.5 Single Window 18 4.6 Institutional Arrangements 18 5. TradingArrangements 19 5.1 Bilateral 19 5.2 Regional 19 5.3 Multilateral 20 5.3.1 World Trade Organization and Nepal 20 5.3.2 Aid for Trade and EIF 20 5.3.3 Nepal in Informal Consultative Group of LDCs under WTO 21 6. Constraints 22 6.1 Long Political Transition 22 6.2 Difficult Terrain 22 6.3 Geographical Location 23
  3. 3. Page4 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.9 6.10 6.11 Limited Export Basket Weak Labour Relations InadequateEconomicInfrastructure InadequateSocialInfrastructure Insufficient Skilled Human Resources InadequateTBT and SPSInfrastructure InadequateMarketInformation InadequateTrade Related Assistance TradePolicyReview Page 23 23 23 24 24 24 24 25 7. WayForward 25 8. Conclusion 27 9. Acronym 29
  4. 4. Nepal Page5 1. Introduction 1. Nepal is a mountainous and predominantly agrarian land-locked country of 26.6 million people lying in the southern slopes of the Himalayas, bordering the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China in the north and India in the south, east and west. The hilly and the mountainous regions including thegreatHimalayan range thathaseightof the14highest peaks intheworldabove 8,000 meters account for 83%of the totalland areaof 147,181 sq. km. and the teraiplain accounts for 17% of the area. Within its verysmall stretch, Nepal possesses immense ethnic, cultural, climatic and biological diversities. 2. Nepal emerged as a nation state after the unification drive of King Prithvi Narayan Shah in 1770. It has undergone three major democratic movements in its political history: the first one in 1951 which overthrew the Rana familyoligarchyand established a democracy with the prime ministeras head of the government. However, within the very short span of ten years' initial but very challenging democratic exercise, the king established Panchayat polity as a front for an autocratic rule. The democratic movement in 1989 restored multiparty democratic system. In 1996, armed conflict began in Nepal and political instability crept in. In 2006, Maoists and the seven major political parties signed a 12 point agreement to stop armed conflict and fight against the king's autocracy which led to the popular People's Movement II. The successful conclusion of this movement established a new coalition government of seven parties which signed the Comprehensive Peace Accord with the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN-Maoist) to permanently put an end to the decade long conflict. In April 2008, the people elected a historical Constituent Assembly which also has the mandate to work as the parliament. The Constituent Assembly abolished monarchy and established the country as a federal democratic republic. It is in the process of drafting a new democratic constitution, which will lay a new foundation for the country's socio-economic transformation. 2. MacroeconomicSituation 3. The average GDP growth rate since Nepal acceded to WTO in 2004 is 3.8% during the period of 2004/05 to 2010/11. Nepal is engaged in a transformation process moving its economy away from predominantly agricultural sector to services and industrial sectors though the desired changes have not been accomplished. The contribution of the services sector has been gradually increasing over the years. Its share reached 50.1% of GDP in 2010/11 which was 45.9% in 2004/05. The shares of agriculture and industry in GDP have been decreasing, reaching 34.9% and 15.0% in 2010/11 from 37.4% and 16.6% respectively in 2004/05. During the same period, nominal per-capita GDP has increased from USD 328 to 642. The total volume of trade doubled in 2009/10 in comparison to that of 2004/05. In the total trade volume, export share decreased drastically from 28.2% in 2004/05 to 14.1%in2010/11andimportshareincreasedfrom71.8%to85.9%. SomemajormacroeconomicindicatorsofNepal Fiscalyear 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 InNRbillionat2000/01prices GDPinbasicpricesa Agriculture Industry Services 463.2 179.8 79.9 220.6 480.4 183.0 83.5 233.0 493.7 184.8 86.8 243.5 522.3 195.6 88.3 261.4 542.0 201.5 87.1 277.1 563.5 204.0 90.0 293.9 583.0 212.4 91.2 304.5 Table(cont'd)
  5. 5. TradePolicyReview Page6 Fiscalyear 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 ShareofdifferentsectorsinrealGDP Agriculture 37.4 36.6 35.9 35.9 35.6 34.7 34.9 Industry 16.6 16.7 16.9 16.2 15.4 15.3 15.0 Services 45.9 46.7 47.3 48.0 49.0 50.0 50.1 GDPgrowthrate 3.2 3.7 2.8 5.8 3.8 4.0 3.5 Innominalprices Totaltrade 208.2 234.0 254.1 281.2 352.17 435.2 459.46 (inNRsbillion) Exportf.o.b. 58.7 60.2 59.4 59.3 67.70 60.8 64.56 Importc.i.f. 149.5 173.8 194.7 221.9 284.47 374.3 394.9 Totalexpenditure 102.6 110.9 133.6 161.4 219.66 259.7 306.3 (inNRsbillion) Recurrent 62.7 67.0 77.1 91.5 127.74 151.0 180.2 Capital 27.3 29.6 39.7 53.5 73.09 90.2 108.08 Principalre-payment 13.5 14.3 16.8 16.4 18.83 18.4 18.04 Totalreceipts 84.5 86.1 103.5 127.9 169.86 218.5 304.22 (inNRsbillion) Revenue 70.1 72.3 87.7 107.6 143.47 179.9 206.35 Foreigngrants 14.4 13.8 15.8 20.3 26.38 38.6 49.33 Foreignloan 9.3 8.2 10.1 9.0 9.97 11.2 14.86 Totalpopulation(in 24.48 24.82 25.17 25.52 25.88 26.24 26.60 million) PercapitaGDP(US$) 328 350 390 464 465 556 642 Averageannualpop. 1.4% growthrate Foreignemployment 139,718 165,252 204,533 249,051 219,965 294,094 354,716 Exchangerate 72.06 72.32 70.49 65.02 76.88 74.57 72.27 (NRSper1USD)b a After deducting FISIM. b Periodaverage. Source: Government of Nepal, Ministry of Finance, Economic Survey 2010/11, Nepal Rastra Bank, QEB. 2.1 Agriculture 4. Traditionally Nepal is an agrarian country, agriculture contributing around 34.9% of total national GDP and more than 73% of total employment. Agriculture occupies around 18% of total land area of the country, of which less than 50% of cultivated area is irrigated. It is the backbone of rural livelihood. Major agricultural products include paddy, wheat, maize, barley, millet, potato, lentils, tea, sugarcane, coffee, ginger and large cardamom; and some of these are also exportable products. However, the sector grew at 2.81%, slightly more than the growth rate of the population, during 2004/05-2010/11. Agriculture in Nepal, despite six decades of development efforts, has remained underdeveloped. Except a few commercial farming, agriculture is suffering from low productivity, small and subsistence farming, land fragmentation, use of primitive technology, low investment, lack of R&D, and poor input output market structure. Besides, decreasing number of farm workers, inadequate irrigation and agricultural extension services coupled with limited agricultural financing have had adverse effect on agricultural productivity. 5. Agriculture is important for Nepalese economy not only for providing an end product but also for raw materials to industries and tradable items. Significant numbers of industries in Nepal are based on agricultural products. Similarly, agricultural products occupy a considerable share in Nepal's export. Realizing the importance of agriculture for national livelihood, promoting
  6. 6. Nepal Page7 employment and income generation, earning foreign exchange, ensuring food sufficiencyand meeting the need for consumption and trade, the Government introduced a long-termAgriculture Perspective Plan (APP) for 20 years in 1995. In continuation of the long-term agriculture plan, the Government is currently formulating Agriculture Development Strategy (ADS). Especially after the recent global food crisis, it has put high emphasis on agriculture development. Accordingly, it is undertaking several measures to correct the past inefficiencies of this sector. In particular, it intends to commercialize the agriculture sector and enhance its production and productivity by expanding extension services and irrigation facilities, promoting the use of modern technology and R&D. It has also emphasized cooperative farming. 6. Trade Policy 2009 and the Nepal Trade Integration Strategy (NTIS) 2010 have identified several agricultural products such as lentils, tea, coffee, ginger, large cardamom, jute etc. as potential goods for export. The organic farming is emerging as a potential sector for generating income and export. The Government is planning to promote further the production and marketing of these products in order to increase agro and industrial production, income, employment and trade. In this regard, development of SPS laboratories in major customs points is highly essential. There is a need to create an internationallyrecognizedaccreditation mechanismto standardizesuch laboratories. 2.2 Services 7. Service sector is emerging as a robust precinct of the Nepalese economy in recent years. In the last few years, it has grown significantly. It accounts for around half of the GDP and absorbs around 18% of total employment. Trade in services accounted for 69.9% of total convertible foreign exchange earnings whereas merchandise trade shared only 13.1% in average during the period between 2004/05 and 2010/11. The share of service trade income in total income has increased from62.4% in 2004/05 to 72.6% in2010/11.Theaverage income fromremittance, tourismand interest on investment abroad is recorded at 83.7%, 12.4% and 3.9% respectively of total service income of convertible foreign exchange during the period 2004/05-2010/11. The average ratio of remittance to GDP during that period is 16.8% reaching 20.3% in 2009/10. Similarly, the tourism earnings ratio to GDP is 2.5%on average,whichincreased from2.2% in2004/05to 2.8% in 2009/10. IncomeofConvertibleForeignExchange(inNRs10million) Year 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11 Total 123,226.8 15,729.8 17,996.8 23,692.7 32,439.2 34,637.1 31,165.7 MerchandiseTrade Volume 2,085.2 2,173.9 2,236.7 2,866.3 4,049.7 4,439.6 3,844.8 Percent 16.9 13.8 12.4 12.1 12.5 12.8 12.34 ServiceTrade Volume 7,688.4 10,927.5 12,694.0 16,679.3 23,445.5 24,880.1 27,320.9 Percent 62.4 69.8 70.5 70.4 72.3 71.8 87.66 Remittance Volume 6,178.5 9,274.9 10,741.7 13,942.2 19,421.6 21,399.9 23,296.2 Percent 80.4 84.9 84.6 83.6 82.8 86.0 85.27 Tourism Volume 1,181.5 1,171.09 1,264.6 2,034.0 3,459.0 2,938.6 3,100.0 Percent 15.4 10.7 10.0 12.2 14.8 11.8 11.35 Investment Volume 328.4 481.5 687.3 703.2 565.0 541.6 924.7 Percent 4.3 4.4 5.4 4.2 2.4 2.2 3.38 Source: GoN, Ministry of Finance, Economic Survey 2010/11, Nepal Rastra Bank QEB. 8. As trade in services mostly do not require transport and transit facilities, LLDCs have more potentialities to promote service trade than merchandise trade and get benefit from it. Nepal could be highly competitive in service trade. Besides, the availability of human resources at low cost in almost all areas of service sector is an additional advantage to Nepal to develop the service sector. The most
  7. 7. TradePolicyReview Page8 potential sectors/subsectors of service for Nepal are labour (mode 4), tourism, ICT, health, education, andhydroelectricity. 2.2.1 Remittance 9. The migrant worker sub-sector alone amounts to one fifth of GDP. At the moment, remittance from migrant workers is contributing to stabilize the national economy. Around 1.96 million people are working abroad, especially in Gulf Countries, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, China and Israel. The remittance has contributed to help reduce poverty significantly all over the country. However, making foreign employment sector more secured, systematic and decent is a big challenge to the Government as it involves many factors. Promoting foreign employment in a systematic and productive manner and utilizing remittance in productive sectors are still challenging tasks. 10. In this context, the Government has taken several measures to make this sector systematic, improve the working conditions and ensure maximum benefits to the migrant workers as well as national economy. For example, the Government has introduced a number of measures to regulate manpower companies and encourage them to send workers through legal channels; simplified rules, regulations and processes; introduced remittance bond to utilize remittance mainly in developing infrastructure; signed bilateral agreements with four recipient countries - UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Republic of Korea; fixed the maximum service charge within a reasonable limit; fixed minimum compensation to the victims of accidents; made insurance compulsory; enforced legal provisions strictly; launched massive awareness campaign; provided vocational and language trainings and financial support; encouraged financial transactions through legal financial channels and so on. However, these efforts are found insufficient given the increasing complexities and severities of the problems. 2.2.2 Tourism 11. Tourism is a highly potential sector contributing to national economy in terms of income, employment, foreign exchange and extending market for domestic production of both commodities and services. Its average ratio to GDP is around 2.5% in the period between 2004/05 and 2010/11. Itis the second largest source of foreign exchange earning of the country. The development of tourism sector is constrained mainly by political transition, weak infrastructure, unbalanced regional development, inadequate and inefficient national flag carrier, poor international airport facility, low investment, lack of competitive human resources, limited developed tourist spots, weak coordination among the various stakeholders including the local communities in formulating and implementing longtermtourismdevelopmentplansandpoormarketing. Touristsarrivalandaveragelengthofstay(2001-2010) Total Byair Byland Averagelength Year Annualgrowth Number Number % Number % ofdayofstay rate(%) 2004 385,297 13.9 297,335 77.2 87,962 22.8 13.5 2005 375,398 -2.6 277,346 73.9 98,052 26.1 9.1 2006 383,926 2.3 283,819 79.9 100,107 26.1 10.2 2007 526,705 37.2 360,713 68.5 165,992 31.5 12.0 2008 500,277 -5.0 374,661 74.9 125,616 25.1 11.8 2009 509,956 1.9 379,322 74.4 130,634 25.6 11.3 2010 602,867 18.2 448,800 74.4 154,067 25.6 12.7 Source: Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, "Nepal Tourism Statistics 2010".
  8. 8. Nepal Page9 12. The Government has taken various measures to promote tourism. The year 2011 was declared Nepal Tourism Year under which it undertook several measures to promote tourism. The tourism marketing has increased significantly both within and outside the country. Similarly, the Government has declared 2012 as Visit Lumbini Year. It has also initiated the process to construct a second international airport in Nijgadh, Bara. Similarly, there is a plan to develop Bhairahawa, Pokhara, Biratnagar and Nepalgunj as regional airports. It has significantly expanded and improved Tribhuvan International Airport, the only international airport in the country. Nepalese missions/embassies abroad are also assigned the tasks of promoting tourism. The Government has given tourism status of prioritized industries and provided several facilities to the sector under it. It has also encouraged the involvement and active participation of the private sector and local communities in tourism development, inter alia, by introducing rural tourism, home stay and local tourism festivals. The concept of home stay is considered a unique important measure to expand employment, to reduce poverty especially in rural areas and to expand tourism infrastructure. A Tourism Development Council has been constituted under the chairmanship of the Rt. Honorable Prime Minister. Similarly, an autonomous Nepal Tourism Board has been established to develop tourism in coordination with various stakeholders, mainly the private sector. The board has private sector representation and has been given authority to raise funds. The board has been successful in designing and implementing various plans and campaigns for the development of tourism. Realizing that these efforts are not sufficient to enhance tourism to a satisfactory level, the Government has recently formed a high level committee under the chairmanship of the chief secretary of the Government to evaluate the current status, analyse the future prospects and accordingly recommend actions for future development of tourism in Nepal. Similarly, the Government is also considering promoting tourism in Nepal by dividing it in several tourist zones on the basis of their uniqueness and specialties. 2.2.3 WaterResources 13. Nepal is one of the richest countries in water resources. The Himalayan range is the abode of perennial source of water. The whole Himalayan range above 16,000 feet, which is the snowline in Nepal, is covered with snow round the year. There are around 6,000 rivers and rivulets crisscrossing the country. In addition, there are several glaciers and lakes in the Himalayan and high mountain ranges. According to an estimate, it has the capacity of producing 83,000 MW of electricity, of which 43,000 MW is technically viable. Nepal has a significant hydro resource base far greater than its foreseeable domestic requirement estimated at 1,650 MW in 2020, presenting an opportunity for regional trade that maybring substantial economic benefits tothecountry. 14. Despite huge hydro potentiality, Nepal is facing severe energy crisis at present. There is increasing daily power outage mostlyin dryseason due to both the low production and high demand. The total national demand during the dryseason, when demand is highest for electricity, was 960 MW in 2010/11 while the maximum installed capacity of electricity is 700 MW. All the hydroelectricity projects, except one, are run off the river type. So the total capacity is reduced significantly during the dry season, mostly in winter due to reduced flow of water in rivers. In the same time, making things worse,theinternaldemandbecomes highestdue to increased winter consumption.Thiscreates intense pressure in the supply of electricity. The big gap between supply and demand of electricity, especially in the dry season, has created frequent and long-time power cuts, which has reduced production, increased cost and created uncertainty over smooth supply of products to the market. All these factors are major contributors to make Nepali products less competitive in terms of both quality andcost.
  9. 9. TradePolicyReview Page10 15. Despite the present constraints, Nepal aims to pursue development of its hydro resources in a cost efficient manner in order to be able to completely transform the economy. However, it will require prudence, vision and determination. Nevertheless, the Government has taken several measures to develop hydroelectricity. It has reformed legal and institutional infrastructure and provided several financial and other concessions to attract both domestic and foreign investors in this sector. State-owned Nepal Electricity Authority, which is mainly responsible for the production and distribution of electricity in Nepal, is being restructured and reformed. After 1992, the Government has also opened up electricity production and distribution for the private sector. It has encouraged local community to be involved in micro hydro projects by providing several financial and technical incentives. It has also prepared several initial project reports for the development of many medium and big hydroelectricity projects. Accordingly, several project agreements have been signed with the private sector, mostly with foreign investors. If implemented properly, Nepal will be able to shed off the present power shortage and it will also be able to export electricity. The Government has recently established a Hydro-Power Investment and Development Company Limited to facilitate the investmentsinhydro-powersectors. 2.2.4 InformationandCommunicationTechnology 16. During the last two decades, the ICT has made a turnaround to the extent never experienced before, takingtheworldintoa differentarena ofconnectivity, andthe sectoris emerging asthefastestgrowing industry in the world. If properly developed, it has a potential to emerge as an important trading item. Proper development of internet connectivity and telecommunications can create immense opportunities in Nepal to benefit from competitive labor costs and time differences. Nepal has already created a niche market in medical analysis and reporting to meet the increasing needs of the global health industry. The market, presently, is small. Yet the prospects are enormous and even the ability to get a small share will go a long way towards fastening the pace of economic development by creating conducive employment opportunities within the country. The added advantage is that the transport and transit requirements do not hinder in any way. The Government has initiated various efforts including formulation of policies, enactment of the Electronic Transactions Act, establishing an information technology park and promoting human resources in ICT. In addition, initiatives taken by the private sector including non-resident Nepalese (NRN) are encouraging. Ability to develop world class human resources along with necessary infrastructure and establishing linkage with the market will go a long way in promoting ICT based trade. 2.2.5 EducationandHealth 17. Nepal, in view of its climatic condition and location, does have a potential to be developed as an education/health centre. Development of the world class educational and health institutions at appropriate locations will give the feeling of difference while adding to comfort and ease to get there aprospect ofattracting students, healthcare seekers, agingpopulationaswell aspromoting educationand health based tourism, some of which have already started to emerge albeit at a small scale. Nepal's advantages, in this respect, lie in sound climatic condition, interesting and appealing physiographic features, and abundant supply of caring human resources at low cost. Development of world class educational institutions with appropriate image should assist to position competitively not only in the South Asian market but also in the world market. Similarly, world class hospitals, nursing homes, aging homes and traditional learning, meditation and knowledge gaining/sharing centers may have great appeal in the world market. As an example, learning Buddhism at Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, or the near vicinity should be appealing to any learner of Buddhist philosophy. In nursing homes and aging homes, the availability of caring and hardworking manpower at low cost means Nepal may have potentiality to create a strong niche market in the area. All these will also
  10. 10. Nepal Page11 complement the tourism business, and the diversification in tourism services will also take place. The Government of Nepal, while pursuing liberal economic policies, has opened up these sectors to private sector participation, which has led to substantial increase in educational and health facilities mainly catering, however, to the local population with limited efforts by service seekers. Health services, initially targeted for Nepalese population, have made remarkable progress with the involvement of the private sector and establishment of a number of teaching hospitals. NTIS has rightly identified health sector as one of the potential exportable services. In addition, the traditional Ayurvedic system of healthcare has taken modern approach and a few hospitals are providing healthcare service mainly to foreign patients. Despite these developments, there is a need to bring out more conducive policies and even place some incentive schemes or develop necessary infrastructure toencourageinvestmentandinitiativesinapathbreakingmanner. 2.3 Industry 18. Industry is an important sector with an increasing role in promoting trade and contributing through value addition. Recently, however, the industrial sector is performing poorly. Its contribution to GDP is gradually decreasing from 16.6% in 2004/05 to 15.0% in 2010/11. In particular, the share of manufacturing sector to GDP is declining over the years, and it is around 6.5% in 2010/11. Likewise, its share to total employment has shrunk to 6.0%. Realizing the importance of industrial development, the Government has accorded high priority to it since 1950s. Accordingly, it started establishing public enterprises, in particular basic industries, with the assistance of development partners (DPs). At that time, the Government, being strongly influenced by the doctrine of mixed economy, had adopted inward-looking economic policies. However, these policies could not produce expected results. The government enterprises could not run well. Rather, they turned into sick enterprises andas aconsequence, theydrainedscarcegovernment resources.Becauseoftheclosed economic policy, the private sector also could not flourish. Industrial development has had to encounter various obstacles including long, cumbersome and non-transparent bureaucratic process; mass poverty; high transport cost; lack of capital; use of obsolete technology; poor human resources, in particular lack of technical manpower; private sector un-friendly industrial policies; insufficient infrastructure, especially energy and transport network; poor coordination with other economic sectors, particularly in terms of creating backward and forward linkages; etc. were other major hurdles to industrial development. 19. Following the 1990s democratic change, the Government adopted open economic policies and started promoting the private sector confining its own role to regulating and facilitating rather than participating in the business in a direct way. The new policies have addressed, to some extent, many of the above mentioned problems and have brought relatively good results. The private sector led industrial development started to flourish. As a result, currently the private sector is the dominant player in the economy. The Government, in addition to adopting private sector friendly policies, has launched several measures to enhance industrial development such as providing financial, procedural and other concessions to the industries, accorded high priority to FDI, and focused to create investment friendly environment. It has enacted Industrial Enterprise Act, Foreign Investment and Technology Transfer Act, Company Act, Privatization Act and incorporated many other related legal provisions in different Acts. It also privatized many public enterprises during 1990s. However, despite the Government's sincere efforts, the industrial development is not at a satisfactory level. Rather, the manufacturing sector is shrinking in recent years. It is mainly due to the decade long armed conflict, political instability, weak law and order situation and poor labor relations. Taking into account all these considerations, the Government has recently promulgated Industrial Policy 2010, including measures to remove weaknesses of industrial development and promote industrial environment. This Policy has also incorporated issues relating to the protection of intellectual
  11. 11. TradePolicyReview Page12 property. In its pursuit to improve the industrial environment further, the Government has a plan to introduce a new Industrial Enterprises Act and has taken some initiatives for framing a separate intellectual property policy in the near future. The Government has recently mediated between laborers and employers to strike a deal on minimum wage, implementation of no work no pay principle and four years' moratorium on strikes. The Government has declared the fiscal year 2012/13 as National Investment Year. All these efforts are expected to bring a positive trend in the developmentof industriesin thecountry. 2.4 Trade 20. Trade is one of the most important components of Nepalese economy. Currently total foreign trade ratio to GDP is around 37%. The trend of export is not positive as it tended to be stagnant and declined in relative terms from (-) 14.9% in 2004/05, the ratio reached (-) 27.7% in 2009/10. Similarly, the average ratios of export and import with GDP in the same period were 12.1% and 32.9% respectively. The ratio of export to GDP has decreased from 14.6% in 2004/05 to 8.7% in 2010/11. But the ratio of import to GDP has increased from 29.5% in 2004/05 to 37.4% in 2009/10. Compared to the average growth rate of total trade at 16.1%, the average growth rates of export and import are 1.0% and 20.4% respectively from 2004/05 to 2010/11 clearly indicating that imports have tended to grow significantly while exports have tended to be static. After the accession of Nepal to the WTO, the share of export in total trade decreased from28.2% in 2004/05 to 14.5% in 2010/11 in comparisontotheincreasein importfrom71.8%to85.9%duringthesameperiod. Nepal'stradescenario2004/05-2010/11(inNRsbillion) Export Import Year Total Volume Percent Volume Percent 2004/05 208.2 58.7 28.2 149.5 71.8 2005/06 234.0 60.2 25.7 173.8 74.3 2006/07 254.1 59.4 23.4 194.7 76.6 2007/08 281.2 59.3 21.1 221.9 78.9 2008/09 352.2 67.7 19.2 284.5 80.8 2009/10 435.2 60.8 14.0 374.3 86.0 2010/11 459.46 64.56 14.1 394.9 85.9 Source: GoN, Ministry of Finance, Economic Survey 2010/11and Nepal Rastra Bank. 21. The big gap between export and import is generating huge trade deficit as well as creating foreign exchange burden to the economy. The total value of the imports of one product, viz. petroleum products is greater than the total value of all the commodities exported. In addition, Nepal's trade, especiallythe export trade, is highlyconcentrated on few items and few markets. Major 10 export items cover around 40% of the total exports. The major export products are iron and steel, textiles, woolen carpets, garments, pashmina, tea,coffee andlarge cardamom. Nepal's exports goto a very few countries, mainly to India, USA, Bangladesh, Germany, UK, France, Turkey, Canada, Italy, China and Bhutan. The export to Bangladesh and Bhutan is gradually increasing in recent years. Their emergence as the important export destinations, if sustainable, will also enhance Nepal's trade competitiveness as these countries are geographically nearest to it, have almost similar economic culture and are linked with roads and railways with fewer problems in transportation and transit. 22. Nepal's major imports include petroleum products, iron and steel, machinery and parts, transport vehicles and their parts, electronic and electrical equipments, pharmaceutical products, gold, telecommunication equipments and parts, crude soyabean oil, polythene granules, and chemicals.
  12. 12. Nepal Page13 Nepal's ten major source countries of imports are India, China, UAE, Indonesia, Argentina, Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Japan and the United States. India is the largest trading partner of Nepal both in terms of export as well as imports. India absorbs 67.5% of total trade consisting 66.9%of total exports and 67.6% of total imports. The reasons for this concentration of trade with India are its physical proximity, similarity in culture, religion and language, long-standing preferential trade agreements,and1,700kmsofopenborder. 23. Nepal imports mainly petroleum products, machinery, medicines, clinker and cement, high tech products, automobiles, electronic and electrical products, chemicals etc. from India while it exports mainly medicinal herbs and agricultural products, garments, raw skin, some semi processed products, instant noodles, zinc plates, etc. to India. Nepal has signed three separate agreements on trade, transit and controlofunauthorized trade between the twocountries to promote trade withIndia.Considering their close political, social and cultural relations, the trade potentiality may be much larger. However, the increasing trade deficit with India that accounts for 56.5% of the total trade deficit has created serious problems in the balance of trade of Nepal. Nepal's ever-growing dependence on a single country indicates the urgency for trade diversification and indicates need for strengthening its competitiveness to attain this end. Nepal faces several problems in its foreign trade with third countries mainly due to long transit route, long and complex administrative procedures, SPSandTBT related issues. 2.5 Investment 24. The Government has introduced new investment policies in order to attract foreign direct investment through the promulgation of new Industrial Policy 2010 and the Board of Investment Act 2011. The Government has declared attracting FDI as one of its major objectives and has adopted several measures accordingly. The most important one is the legal provision that there will be no nationalization of private industries. The proposed Intellectual Property Policy will be another milestone in this regard. Now, the challenge is to implement these measures in practice. In addition, the Government has declared fiscal year 2012/13 as the National Investment Year and has formed a High Level Preparatory Committee under the chairmanship of Rt. Honorable Prime Minister comprising senior government officials and private sector dignitaries as its members. It is also working to provide additional facilities to the investors, especially to the foreigners. Recently, in coordination with the private sector, the Government has prioritized five areas for foreign investment, viz. hydro electricity, infrastructure and development, agro processing and herbs, tourism and other services and minerals and mine related projects. The Government is further working to develop 50potential projects whichcanberecommended to theforeign investorsseekingpotential projects for investment. 25. In order to assure foreign investors and increase the inflow of foreign investment into the country, the Government has concluded Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (BIPPA) with six countries including India. Similarly, double taxation avoidance agreement has been signed with major trade partners. Such agreements are expected to improve trade and investment environment to increase the flow of foreign investment in the country. The Government, in close coordination with the private sector, organized an International Investment Forum in October 2011 in which the Rt. Honorable Prime Minister assured the foreign investors that the Government would provide them legal and financial protections as required to protect their investment and interest. The next forum is planned for 2012. In the meantime, Nepal, in collaboration with Asian Development Bank, also organized a meeting of the Asia Pacific Investors Forum in October 2011 in which investors interested in investing in energy sector were invited. In the same way, non-resident Nepalese are also encouraged to invest in Nepal. In addition to these efforts, the Government has
  13. 13. TradePolicyReview Page14 formed Nepal Business Forum in cooperation with the private sector and the academia with the objective of providing a platform to business stakeholders to discuss economic issues including trade. 2.6 IntellectualPropertyRegime 26. Nepal considers the protection and promotion of intellectual property as a dynamic tool for wealth creation and cultural development. Therefore, an effective and adequate intellectual property protection and promotion system, respecting both the needs of the creators of intellectual propertyas well as consumers is essential.It is also important toattract technologytransfer. 27. Realizing the importance of intellectual property rights, Nepal became a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on 04 February 1997 and a party to the Paris Convention on 22 June 2001 and the Berne Convention on 11 January 2006. In order to make IP regime more meaningful, efforts on modernization and automation of intellectual property offices, human resources development, provision of legal advice on compatibility of legislation with relevant international treaties, formulation of new IP related rules and regulations consistent with the TRIPS Agreement and assistance in strengthening capacities to enforce intellectual property rules are underway. 28. The legal framework for the protection of intellectual property is provided in the Patent, Design, and Trademark Act, 1965 and the Copyright Act, 2002. Under these Acts, national and MFN treatments are granted. National and foreign citizens have to register the trademarks, patents and designs with the competent authority. On industrial property rights, the implementation and execution of relevant policies and regulations is the responsibility of the Department of Industry (DOI). 29. Under the Copyright Act, automatic protection is available for all copyrightable works. The Copyright Registrar's Office is already in operation. The Office is the authorized agency for registering copyrights and hearing complaints. The decisions of the Registrar may be appealed to the Appellate Court. 30. In order to provide effective and adequate protection to all categories of intellectual property in conformity with the provisions of the TRIPs Agreement, the Government is preparing a new Industrial Property (Protection) Bill. The new Act would incorporate all the substantive provisions of the TRIPS Agreement and it will replace the existing Patents, Designs and Trademarks Act, 1965. 31. Nepal respects all the provisions of the TRIPS Agreement. However, Nepal is also entitled to the concessions and flexibilities provided to the LDCs in the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health. It has been working with other LDCs in regard to the existing WTO negotiations on TRIPS Agreement, especially regarding the decisions to be taken in favor of the LDCs. 2.7 MonetaryPolicyManagement 32. Since 2003, Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB), the central bank of Nepal, has started to announce annual monetary policy on a regular basis. The primary objectives of the monetary policy as mandatedbythe newNepal Rastra BankAct,2002are to provide more autonomyto theBank soas to maintain macroeconomic as well as financial sector stability. 33. As of July 2011, the number of banks and financial institutions has reached 219, comprising 31 Commercial Banks, 87 Development Banks, 80 Finance Companies and 21 Microfinance Development Banks. Following the commitment made in the WTO, Nepal has opened up the
  14. 14. Nepal Page15 financial sector allowing foreign bank branches to carry out wholesale banking since January 2010. A moratorium on bank license applications has been imposed except for microfinance banks. It also hasbeen eased for development banks with the aim to consolidate the banking sector and promote bankingservicesinruralareas. 2.7.1 MonetarySituationandInflation 34. Nepal Rastra Bank compiles three monetary aggregates namely Narrow Money (M1), Broad Money (M2) and Broad Money Liquidity (M3). Broad money supply increased by 9.5% in 2010/11 compared to a growth of 14.1% in the previous year. The average growth of moneysupplyremained at around 16.0% during 2004/05-2010/11. In the first three months of 2011/12, M2 increased by 6.8% compared to a growth of 1.1% in the corresponding period of the previous year. Broad money expanded during the period on account of remarkable increase in net foreign assets as well as net domestic assets of the banking system. Nepal Rastra Bank is going to publish Broad Monetary Survey in the very near future. The annual average consumer price increased by 9.6% in 2010/11, same to that of the previous year. The inflation rate averaged at 8.0% during the period between 2004/05 and 2010/11. The inflation remained stable at 8.9% in mid October 2011 as in the corresponding period of the previous year. The inflation rate is expected to moderate by the end of the2011/12. 2.7.2 ForeignExchangeManagement 35. Nepal adopts market exchange rate system pegged with the Indian rupee given the extensive and growing commercial ties with India. This arrangement has provided an anchor for macroeconomic stability and has been instrumental in anchoring inflation broadly in line with price developments in India. Full convertibility in the current account has been provided since 1993 and Nepal has accepted the obligations of Article VIII of the Articles of Agreement of the IMF with no restrictionsonthe makingof payments andtransfers for currentinternational transactions. 36. Foreign Exchange reserve stood at USD 3.84 billion as of mid July 2011. It further soared up to USD 4.16 billion in the first three months of 2011/12 owing to strong remittance inflows and improvement in service receipts. The current level of reserve is sufficient to cover 8.6 months' of merchandiseandserviceimports. 3. EconomicReforms 37. Nepal started economic reform measures in mid-1980s in pursuance of the Structural Adjustment Program in cooperation with the IMF and the World Bank. This process was further intensified in 1992 when the newly elected democratic government brought a sea change in the economic and trade policies. It tried to inject a new life in the economy by liberalizing the national economy; adopting several liberalized and private sector friendly policies, enacting new rules and regulations and establishing new institutions; privatizing public enterprises, and giving due importancetotheprivatesectorintheeconomy. 38. Nepal undertook several measures in improving and facilitating trade along with pursuing more liberalized policies like streamlining tariff commensurate to commitments, the development and operation of trade related infrastructure, such as Inland Clearance Depots (ICD) in four major customspoints, and more importantly, Nepal obtained the membership of the WTO in 2004, which is a milestone towards liberalizing and mainstreaming Nepal's trade into global trading system. The
  15. 15. TradePolicyReview Page16 Government has confined its role mostly to regulation and facilitation, while leaving the operating role to the private sector including the foreign investors. 39. In order to facilitate the investment process and solve the problems of investors immediately, the Government has established an Industrial Promotion Board under the chairmanship of the Ministerfor Industries. It has also established one window committee in Department of Industries to provide all kinds of services to investors and entrepreneurs under one roof. Similarly, it has also simplified visa rules to provide business visa to all investors and their family members. The Government has permitted full repatriation of income earned from the investment in Nepal. The same rule is applicable to reinvestment also. Foreign companies registered in Nepal can purchase, own and sell land. There are also legal provisions for dispute settlement through arbitration in accordance with prevailing arbitration rules of the UNCITRAL. The Industrial Enterprises Act, 1992 ensures that no private industry will be nationalized. 40. The encouraging economic growth of early 1990s did not last long mainly due to the decade long armed conflict that started in 1996 and ended in 2006 following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in November 2006. Along with the embarkation on the peace process, the Government has brought out new policies in the areas of trade, industry, communication, and tourism. As a result of this, some positive trends are noticed in the economy including in tourist arrival, improvement in balance of payment position, and trade growth. Nepal has slightly improved its ranking bythree points in Doing Business Report 2012. 4. TradePolicy,ProceduresandInstitutionalArrangements 4.1 TradePolicy2009 41. With the changed context, the Government has introduced a new Trade Policy in April, 2009 replacing the Trade Policy, 1992. It is a comprehensive and updated policy which was framed and brought into implementation after Nepal became a member of the WTO. It is consistent with the principles of WTO and adheres to the principles of liberal, open and transparent economic system. It emphasizes on private sector-led competitive economy. The main objective of this policy is to increase contribution of trade sector in national economy and thereby reduce poverty and accelerate economic growth. The new Trade Policy, besides emphasizing trade in goods, has also duly recognized trade in services and intellectual property equally as potential trade sectors for Nepal. This policy includes an exhaustive list covering from institutional strengthening to legal and procedural reforms in order to create conducive environment for trade in the country. These measures and provisions are supposed to enhance country's trade both internally and externally. The policy has broadly classified potential Nepalese exports into two categories: Special Focus Area and Thrust Area Development. Four products are included under special focus area, most of which have already been established in the export market. Newly emerging fifteen products have been listed under the second category. Currently, the Government is preparing a detailed action plan to expedite the implementation of this policy. 4.2 NepalTradeIntegrationStrategy(NTIS)2010 42. Nepal launched a detail study of its trade sector which was called the Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) with the technical and financial assistance of Integrated Framework (If) in 2003. This was a very useful comprehensive study. But due to several reasons, especially the lack of technical and financial support by the DPs and political turmoil in the country, this study could not be implementedproperly.
  16. 16. Nepal Page17 43. The IF, after its reincarnation as EIF, again started the same programas major component of its technical support to LDCs. Nepal undertook the task of updating DTIS, which it renamed as Nepal Trade Integration Study (NTIS), in 2010. This is a very pragmatic, comprehensive and in-depth study which elaborates the current status, theconstraints and future prospectsof trade andalsosuggests thenecessary future actions to be undertaken to promote trade. It complements Trade Policy 2009. The NTIS has identified four major challenges in enhancing its export trade, which include ensuring proper market access, building domestic support institutions, strengthening the supply capacities and mobilizing overseas development assistance. In order to face these challenges, the strategy has set four major objectives: strengthen trade negotiations (especially bilateral); strengthen the technical capacityof domestic non-tariff barriers (NTB) and other business environmentsupporting institutions; strengthen the export capacity of 'inclusive' export potential goods and services, and strengthen the Government's capacity to coordinate and manage Trade-Related Technical Assistance (TRTA) and Aid for Trade (AfT) and to implement the NTIS. It has also recommended 258 action plans as necessary for the promotion of trade and to improve its contribution to GDP. It has identified 19 products comprising 12 commodities and 7 services as major export potential items that can contribute significantly in the promotion of export. It has also identified 10 major potential markets for Nepalese export. Now the challenge is to fully implement the recommendations of NTIS. The Government, with firm determination to implement the study in a holistic manner, has formally adopted NTIS as its mid-term national trade development strategy. MOCS has started its implementation process. However, thorough implementation of all NTIS' recommendations is not possible from the Government's own limited resources and technical capacity. Therefore, the DPs have been requested to support its implementation. In this process, the Government would like to see the individual donors committing to implement some part of the implementation matrix in such a way that all recommendations of the NTIS are implemented within the timeframe of five years as stipulatedinNTIS ina coordinated andcoherent manner. 4.3 Tariff 44. Nepal bounds 99.4% of tariff lines at HS 8 digit level. The simple tariff average is 12.1% which was 13.8% in 2003/04. Currently, there are six slabs and 5,168 tariff lines at HS 8 digit level, which was 5,351 before the accession to the WTO. The tariff structure has been streamlined over the years and now the highest level of tariff has been reduced from 130% to 80% applicable mostly for vehicles. Almost 80% tariff lines are concentrated in 5%, 10% and 15% dutyslab. 45. The Government has taken several initiatives to ensure its commitments towards the liberalized economy. The examples of some major reforms in this regard include the reduction in tariff-slabs and rates; abolition of different non-tariff taxes; introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT); application of HS codes for Customs Tariff; use of the WTO Customs Valuation Agreement; enactment of new Customs Act, Rules and regulations for further transparency and simplification of process; limiting import restrictions to safeguard health, environment, security and archaeological properties; and rolling out of ASYCUDA to major customs offices by using Broker Modules and Selectivity Modules. Customs procedure has been simplified by introducing new customs codes and procedures, using ASYCUDA++ for clearance in 10 major customs offices and risk based clearance in 5 majorcustoms offices. 4.4 Transit 46. Nepal has a few major corridors for international trade. Kakarbhitta, Biratnagar, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, and Mahendranagar are the major corridors in the southern part of the country, whereas Tatopani is the only corridor available for international trade in the north (i.e. with
  17. 17. TradePolicyReview Page18 the People's Republic of China). Majority of Nepal's foreign trade is being channelized through these customs points. India has remained a leading trade partner of Nepal and most of Nepal's foreign trade with third countries has to use transit routes that pass through the Indian Territory. The movement of transit traffic from Kolkata and Haldia ports to Nepal is governed by the Treaty of Transit and Rail Service Agreement between Nepal and India. Besides the Treaty of Transit, the Government of Nepal and the Government of India have entered into Rail Service Agreement for operating and managing the rail service for transit traffic between Kolkata/Haldia ports in India and Birgunj in Nepal via Raxaul in India. Nepal is also considering using Vishakhapatnam port for transit. 47. Nepal and Bangladesh signed a bilateral agreement on transit in 1976. There are six transit points, namely Chittagong port, Khulna-Chalna port, Birol point, Banglabandh point, Chilhati point and Benapole, in Bangladesh. Chittagong and Khulna-Chalna are sea ports and others are land borderpoints at Bangladesh India border.A bilateralagreement was signedbetween IndiaandNepal to open the Kakarvitta-Panitanki point to Phulbari- Banglabandh point which is the shortest route (44 km) from Nepal border to Bangladesh border and Mongla port. Nepal is still using Birol and Banglabandh points. In addition as rail connection is possible, Rohanpur- Singhabad has been recommended. Necessary study on the feasibility of the route has also been conducted but the Government is yet to makenecessaryarrangement/amendmentsto make thisroute fullyoperational.Thereareproblems of transport connectivity, infrastructure and other trade facility related problems such as management of borders,customs,andtransit traffic to andfromBangladesh. 48. The cost of doing business is very high due to transport cost in land-locked least developed countries (LLDCs). Hence, streamlined cargo-customs procedures including transit routes are important in reducing transit costs for traders. In the same way, transport and transit infrastructures are also important for strengthening people-to-people contact and expanding businesses, trade and investment opportunities between countries and also within the region. Therefore, transport and transit infrastructureis considered asoneof the most important determinants oftradecompetitiveness, particularly of LLDCs, and has remained an important topic of international trade cooperation. 4.5 Singlewindow 49. Despite several attempts to streamline trade and transit procedures through document simplification and legislative changes, the Government realizes the need to further enhance trade facilitation measures. Department of Customs has initiated reform program on automation and is planning to provide web based clearance system. In this series, the Government is moving forward to put foundation for the national single window, which may further be extended to bilateral and regional levels. The Government envisages the single window as an effective instrument to streamlinetradeproceduresandreducetransactioncostsfordoingbusinessacrosstheborder. 4.6 InstitutionalArrangement 50. The Government, with a view to promote investment and facilitate trade, has arranged necessary institutional set-up and mechanisms. Recently, Board of Investment has been constituted under the chairmanship of Rt. Honorable Prime Minister to increase the inflow of foreign investment especially in infrastructure building. Board of Trade (BOT) and Industrial Promotion Board (IPB) have been set up under the chairs of Minister for Commerce and Supplies and the Minister for Industries respectively, to gear up trade and industry and provide necessary guidelines. A high level Nepal Business Forum has been established to ensure better link through regular dialogue and deliberations between the private and the government sector to identifyand resolve issues that affect trade and investment in the country. Similarly, Trade and Export Promotion Centre has been created
  18. 18. Nepal Page19 to carry out trade promotion and marketing activities vigorously. Trade Policy 2009 has envisioned developing TEPC into Trade Promotion Institute which will function as an autonomous organization capable of providing services as per demands of the market. Nepal Inter-Modal Transport Development Board is the responsible agency to oversee the operation of Inland Clearance Depots (Dry-ports) in four major customs points of the country. Initiatives have been taken towards establishing integrated checkpoints in major customs and thereby smoothening import and export. Priority is being given to expand and run dry-ports in all the major customs points of the country. In order to boost export products, processes towards establishing Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in major business hub of the countryhave been initiated. In this regard, the Government has drafted a SEZ Billand tabled it in the parliament for its approval. With a view to providing research based policy feedback and technical support to the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies, particularly to facilitate bilateral, regional and multilateral trade negotiations, the Government is setting up a Trade Policy Analysis Wing (TPAW) comprising of trade experts and professionals, under the umbrella of Ministry of Commerce and Supplies. Similarly, a Trade Advisory Committee has been formed consisting of former Commerce Secretaries and private sector leaders to provide policy feedback on concurrent tradeandtransitrelatedissues. 5. TradingArrangements 5.1 Bilateral 51. India has remained the largest trading partner of Nepal at most of the times in histories. Nepal signed a path breaking Trade Treaty in 1996 opening Indian market extensively, which was amended later by introducing some restrictions in the forms of quotas for four sensitive products and defining the rules of origin criteria. A comprehensive review and revision of the trade treaty was done in 2009 which will remain valid till 2016. Besides, with the objective of expanding and diversifying trade, Nepal has signed bilateral trade agreements with China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, the United States, DPR Korea, Republic of Korea, Egypt, Mongolia, andRomania. 5.2 Regional 52. Nepal has joined two regional agreements - Agreement on South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) and Framework Agreement on the BIMST-EC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral, Technical and Economic Cooperation) Free Trade Area in 2004. The SAFTA Agreement entered into force in 2006. SAFTA members have gradually been reducing tariff to 0-5% on all tariff lines except the sensitive lists as per the trade liberalization program (TLP) of the Agreement. The SAFTA shall be fully implemented by 1 January 2016. There are, however, a number of constraints in implementing the SAFTA that include large size of sensitive list, non-tariff barriers, and the prospect of 'spaghetti bowl' effect due to multiplicity of agreements among the same member countries. Further reforms should be undertaken and the implementation process should be expedited. Recently, SAARC Agreement on Trade in Services (SATIS) has been signed by SAARC members. Negotiations on schedule of specific commitments under this Agreement have been started. Similarly, negotiations are taking place among the BIMSTEC FTA members in the areas of tariff concessions, customs cooperation, services and investments albeit with slow progress under this Agreement. 53. Hence, joining regional blocs in the region, on the one hand, is expected to promote regional trade by improving complementarities within the region and, on the other, correct the traditional lack of commonalityamong the countries in the region.
  19. 19. Page20 5.3 Multilateral 5.3.1 WorldTradeOrganizationandNepal TradePolicyReview 54. Nepal applied for the membership of GATT in 1989. Nepal finally acceded to WTO in April 2004 through a strenuous accession process. It became the first LDC member to accede to WTO through the accession process. Nepal is an active participant in WTO negotiations. It participates mainly in NAMA, Agriculture, Services, TRIPS, Trade Facilitation, Sub-committee on Least Developed Countries, S&D treatment and SPS negotiations. Mostly, Nepal raises issues related to LDCs and works in the LDCs group for positions to be taken by the group. 55. However, Nepal's participation in the WTO negotiations is severely handicapped by its limited human resources, institutional capacity, financial resources and understanding of complex dynamics of multilateral trade regime. The problem of capacity constraints has compounding effects on international trade negotiations and benefits that would come from Nepal's membership in the WTO. 56. Nepal is a beneficiary of WTO technical assistance. WTO has supported Nepal to enhance its human and institutional capacities. Other important technical and financial assistance need to be enhanced throughEIFand STDF. 57. In the process of accession, Nepal had made several commitments, of which many have already been implemented. For the remaining, though fully committed to implement, it intends to do so gradually and prudently in due course of time so that they do not hurt Nepal's already weak and vulnerable economy. In this process, MOCS has launched a project to implement the remaining WTO commitments. The Ministry has formed a committee of focal points representing concerned agencies andotherstakeholdersto support andoversee implementationofWTO commitments. 58. However, it will be useful to make a note of caution that despite the good intention of the Government of Nepal, because of the factors like poor technical, human and financial capacities; rampant poverty and unemployment; and weak national economy, all of the WTO commitments cannot be implemented by the Government alone and immediately. The implementation requires reasonable timeframe and the DPs must support it with the sufficient technical and financial assistances. 5.3.2 AidforTradeandEIF 59. Nepal was an active participant in the meetings held to develop both the IF and EIF mechanisms. It is playing an active role in the present activities of EIF. Currently, it is one of the EIF board members and as a board member, it is concentrating and consolidating its efforts to strengthen the efficiencyand scope of EIF. 60. Nepal is trying its best to maximize the utilization of trade related foreign assistance. In this regard, with the assistance of EIF, Nepal has established a National Implementation Unit (NIU) in the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies. Several programs have been launched under EIF Tier 1 project to develop the capacity of NIU. Similarly, Nepal Trade Integration Study also has been conducted under this program. In the same way, some Tier 2 projects have been prepared and approval processis undergoing. Some other programs have already been started to develop the capacity of NIU, MOCS, and the Focal Points of various trade related agencies. They are also supporting to develop some specific products as recommended by NTIS. Nepal with the close coordination of DPs has
  20. 20. Nepal Page21 formed a donors' coordination committee and currently GIZ has assumed the role of Donor Facilitator (DF). In addition, MOCS is pushing very hard to establish a Trade Trust Fund in order to mobilize funds to implement NTIS 2010 and carry out trade facilitation and reforms, undertake capacity building measures and product development projects in a coordinated and coherent way. Several committees andsubcommittees have been established to monitorandsupervise the implementationof TRTA at the expert level and senior official level. In this regard, the apex body, National Steering Committee, has been constituted under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary of the Government comprising the Secretaries of the concerned Ministries and representatives from private sector as members. In the meantime, the DPs are also coming forward to support the Government in its efforts. Several projects have already been launched and some more are in the pipeline. Nonetheless, considering the sorry state of trade, these activities are highly inadequate to say the least. Nepal needs more immediate support from its DPs to address problems directly related to trade and production. Themosturgentsupportisrequiredintheinfrastructuresectorsuchasenergyandtransportation. 61. In this context, there is a need for further discussion about the efficiency and sufficiency of EIF and AfT mechanisms to meet the needs of growing demand of LDCs for resources. The support provided by EIF is miniscule compared to the needs of LDCs, like Nepal. In addition, the long and cumbersome process of EIF is also a matter of concern. In the same way, the multilateral structure of AfT mechanism has almost lost its meaning for LDCs. There is no direct relation between AFT and EIF except the publication of biannual monitoring report by WTO. When the AFT concept was introduced, it was explained that EIF and AFT mechanisms will work closely in LDCs. At that time, EIF was defined as the vehicle for AFT. But at the ground level, no direct relation between them is visible and both processes are working independently, EIF multilaterally and AFT bilaterally. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop a direct link between EIF and AFT so that the projects developed by EIF but beyond its technical and financial capacity and scope (which is very limited) could be implemented through AFT mechanism. In the meantime, considering the specific needs of countries like Nepal, AFT should also allocate resources in infrastructure projects. However, the funding allocated for basic infrastructure, MDGs should not be diverted to aid for trade. Rather, there should be additionality, predictabilityand transparencyin the aid for trade mechanism. 62. Lastly, there should be coordinated joint efforts from both sides, the recipients and donors, to provide the required appropriate technology and financial assistance with full respect to all internationally agreed principles of foreign assistance including Paris Principles and Accra Agenda of Actions. In our experience, demand driven and direct budgetary support are most effective ways for the optimum utilization of foreign assistance. In this process, transparency and accountability should be properlyestablishedbyboth recipients anddonors. 5.3.3 NepalinInformalConsultativeGroupofLDCswithinWTO 63. Theneedsforpreferential market access andcommensurate technical andfinancialassistance and capacity building to LDCs are recognized all over the world. Till now, almost two-third of the LDCs are members of WTO. However, due to very small size of their economy and insignificant political influence, these countries individually cannot exert pressure on the ongoing multilateral trade negotiations at WTO. Nepal is one of the very active members of this group and, in addition to protecting its own interest within the group, works in the group to develop common positions on severalnegotiatingissues. 64. Moreover, in the ongoing negotiations in Doha Round, several concessions and exemptions are provisioned under the NAMA, Services, Agriculture, and Trade Facilitation, NTBs, SPS modalities and S & D treatment for LDCs. Most of these provisions are almost established as there is
  21. 21. TradePolicyReview Page22 no voice of opposition raised against these provisions during ongoing negotiations. Only when the Doha Round concludes, these provisions will be approved. Nevertheless, in the present global economic scenario suffering from turmoil and uncertainty due to recurring multiple global crises, when none of the major players are ready to compromise, there is little possibility of successful conclusion of Doha Round in the near future. It may create crisis of confidence on the multilateral trading system itself. It will also generate strong pessimism among the stakeholders which, as a result, will furtherdeteriorate thepresent worseningglobal economy. 65. In addition, since the LDCs are in a very difficult situation, in particular, due to these global crises for which they have made hardly any contribution, they may not be in a position to overcome the vulnerabilities created by these crises. There is greater risk that if the problems of LDCs are not addressed immediately by providing necessary financial and technical assistance and improving market access, whatever theyhave achievedduringthe last decademaybe lost and theymayfall preyto another round of vicious circle of poverty and unemployment trap. In order to escape such an outcome the LDCs needimmediate and tangible support. 66. In this backdrop, if the WTO approves those more or less agreed provisions under different negotiating texts, for LDCs as its minimum agenda, it will support LDCs to sustain the development they have achieved in previous years as well as it will significantly boost faith in multi-lateral trading regime. It will regenerate the global confidence that WTO is an inclusive organization which cares the poorest and vulnerable countries. Keeping in view all these prospects, the Government has worked together with the LDC group in Geneva to create consensus among the WTO Members to approve LDCs specific provisions as Early Harvesting. 6. Constraints 6.1 LongPoliticalTransition 67. Nepal experienced serious political instability particularly after the mid-term election in 1994, which was furthercompoundedbythe decade long armedconflict and takingover ofthepower bythe king. Even after the election of the Constituent Assembly and the declaration of the country as a federal republic in 2008, political transition is taking longer time than expected. Even with the pressing tasks on political front to conclude the peace process to a positive conclusion and writing of a new constitution through the elected Constituent Assembly, Nepal has continued with liberal economic policy reforms and put in place far reaching policy/institutional measures in compliance with its commitments to WTO provisions. Problems like general strikes, extortion, intimidation, hurdles in the movements of goods and services occurred frequently. Consequently, development issuescouldnotgetproperattentionatthedesiredlevel. 6.2 DifficultTerrain 68. Most of Nepal's terrain is very difficult, especially due to geo-physical features of high mountains and hills. It is detrimental to develop infrastructure. Most of the land is not arable and therefore not suitable for commercial farming. These factors add to the cost of production and make trade less competitive. Because of the extremely difficult terrain in the northern border, Nepal's trade with its northern neighbor, the People's Republic of China, which is a fast growing and the second largest economy in the world, is relatively low. Difficult terrain, thus, is a major hindrance in creating basic infrastructure, andpromotingproduction and trade.
  22. 22. Nepal Page23 6.3 GeographicalLocation 69. Nepal, being a land-locked country includes high transit cost which is a big challenge to promote trade. The remote distance from sea port is another major hurdle in the trade and transit of Nepal, the nearest sea port being 660 miles away from the Nepalese border. It is compounded by transit and trade facilitation problems that add significant costs in the international trade in the forms of additional service charges and undue delays. These difficulties make the export of Nepalese goods expensive incomparison toother countries. 6.4 LimitedExportBasket 70. Nepal's trade basket is very limited covering around 40% of total export by major ten items. In addition, the trend of export is also very volatile. Exports have largely been unattainable due to unpredictable behavior of importers, decline in the quality of products, absence of effective branding and other issues, relating to the protection of intellectual property rights, inability of exporters to generate competitive advantage, increased cost of production, and high competition from other exportersaswell. 6.5 WeakLaborRelations 71. In addition to political instability and also as an outcome of it, the relations between laborers and employers are not satisfactory as manifested in increasing disputes between management and laborers. In the last 15 years or so, the number of labor strikes, locks-outs, and industrial shut downs have increased. Many of these actions were politically instigated requiring political solutions. The recentagreement at theaegisof the government isexpected toimprove thesituation significantly. 6.6 InadequateEconomicInfrastructure 72. The present performance of Nepalese economy and trade is affected by weak infrastructure, in particular lack of energy and road infrastructure. At present, Nepal is facing severe energy crisis, despite having abundant water resources. The big gap between supply and demand of electricity, especially in the dry season, has created frequent and long-time power cuts which has reduced production, increased cost and created uncertainty over smooth supply of products to the market. All these factorsaremakingNepalese products lesscompetitive. 73. Similarly, inadequate as well as low quality road infrastructure, especially rural roads, has hit national economy from both demand and supply side. On the demand side, in the absence of roads, the products of one part of the country cannot be supplied to other parts where there are demands. This reduces market size. On the supply side, raw materials and agricultural and intermediate products available in one part of the country cannot be supplied to the further value chains located in otherparts. It, on theone hand, affects the quantityand quality of thefinalproductsand,ontheother hand, increases cost of production due to the use of expensive imported raw materials and intermediate products while the raw materials available within the country go wasted. In addition, the technologies used in the production and trade are not very advanced and cost efficient. There is limited use of ICT. The outdated technology causes additional costs directly or indirectly. Similarly, port infrastructure in the nearest seaports for Nepal poses several constraints relating to procedural hurdle,delaysandhighcost.
  23. 23. TradePolicyReview Page24 6.7 InadequateSocialInfrastructure 74. Poor social infrastructure also hinders growth of economy as well as trade. Poor nutritional undertaking, low life expectancy, high cost and low quality of medical treatment especially for poor people, insufficiency and low quality of government educational and vocational training institutions, insufficient and expensive private educational and vocational institutions, and mass illiteracy are some of the major hurdles that handicap the productivityand efficiencyof production, thereby making trade lesscompetitive. 6.8 InsufficientSkilledHumanResources 75. One of the important problems of Nepalese economy is the absence of high quality, professional human resources in all sectors including trade. Most of the producers and traders lack vision and long term planning. They are not highly skilled and technically sound to use modern technology in their businesses including ICTs. The high level government officials and technocrats dealing with the trade and investment issues also lack sufficient experience and expertise in the related sector due to absence of mechanism to develop specialized human resources. Various factors including the lack of opportunities for upgrading their expertise and professionalism contribute to low productivity, delay and poor handling, ultimately leading to additional costs. 6.9 InadequateTBTandSPSInfrastructure 76. Lack of internationally recognized standard certification mechanism is a serious problem in the growth of trade. In the absence of such mechanism, even though concessional market access hasbeen provided by many trading partners, Nepal has not been able to utilize them properly by expanding its export, especially of agricultural and forestry products. There is an example of Nepal losing its well established honey market in Norway as it could not submit internationally recognized residue free certificates. In many other markets including India, Nepal is facing such problems frequently. However, one laboratory in private sector has recently been accredited and awarded ISO/IEC 17025 by National Accreditation Board for Calibration and Testing Laboratories (NABL) of India for chemical analysis, which is a step ahead in developing reliable analytical services in the country. Now, the exporting industries need not depend on laboratories outside the country for chemical analysis needed for export. In the same way, the government standard institutions, NBSM and DFTQC have also applied for accreditation on ISO/IEC17025 to NABL which is in a very advancedstage. 6.10 InadequateMarketInformation 77. In the absence of efficient communication networks and well equipped facilities, ICT infrastructure in particular, and highly skilled and professional human resources both among the entrepreneurs and employees of the business enterprises, it has been difficult to achieve sufficient information onpotential market, potentialimporters and their specialties, type ofdemand,thequantityand quality of products demanded, product packaging, delivery time, cost of delivery, insurance, SPS and TBT requirements and the link agencies. These are very important factors which contribute significantly to expand trade. In the absence of these facilities, Nepal has been unable to properly utilize the internationally available trading opportunities.
  24. 24. Nepal Page25 6.11 InadequateTradeRelatedAssistance 78. Aid for trade is still at a very low level. Only a few development partners have shown enthusiasm to come forward to meet Nepal's needs for technological and financial resources. Nepal needs to develop major trade infrastructure to facilitate trade. This would require significant investments which theGovernment alonewill notbeabletobearon itsown. 7. WayForward 79. Following economic liberalization and accession to WTO, Nepal introduced a series of reform programs towards making its economy more open, transparent, and competitive. Despite various initiatives taken by the Government, neither the economy of Nepal is getting momentum nor has its export increased as intended. The trade deficit is sharply widening over the years. 80. The Government strongly believes in the principle that trade should be driven by the private sector with the government role limited to facilitation and regulation. However, there is a need to further strengthening broad based economic reforms including those in the trade sector. In this regard, the Government has continued to reform the trade related legal infrastructure further, as well as to develop its institutional capacity including the human resources, so that it could cope with rapidlychangingstructureof international trade. 81. Presently, the most serious challenge to the Government is to lead the peace and constitution making processes towards a successful conclusion at the earliest to ensure political stability. The Government has incessantlyput all its efforts to face this challenge and, as a result, improvements are being noticed. A lot more has to be done, in this respect, to improve the current economic situation to sustain thehistoricdemocratictransformationin the country. 82. The Government has also made several efforts to improve the relations between laborers and employers, as it is emerging to be a serious problem. Recently, it has succeeded in finding consensus among both trade unions and employers in fixing minimum wages of workers, introducing no work no pay principles and sustaining industrial peace in which they agree not to call strikes for the next four years. In order to implement the agreedprovisionsand to makemanyother required reforms, theGovernment has planned to launch a Labor Reform Package. In the same way, the Government is also trying to approve and implement some additional social and family welfare scheme for laborers. 83. Recognizing the fact that the absence of infrastructure, in particular roads and energy, is the most pertinent problem of Nepalese economy and trade, the Government has been putting high emphasis since long on the development of infrastructure. For the last several years, a large portion of the budget allocation has been apportioned to different types of infrastructure, especiallyto roads and energy. Several infrastructure projects, mainly in road sector are being developed and implemented. A Road Board has been established to formulate, oversee and coordinate the Government programs for the development of roads. A mid-hill national highway linking east to west is under construction. A fast track road project between Kathmandu and Nijgadh is under progress. The Government of India is supporting to build a postal road from east to west in the southern part of Terai. Realizing the importance of railway infrastructure, the Government has started to look into the possibility of developing railway transport in the country. The Government has taken some initiations to build east-west electric railway parallel to the east west highway. The Government has recently established Railway Department under Ministry of Physical Planning and Works. Similarly, the Government has taken several measures to develop energy. In this way, though significant initiatives have been taken in the infrastructure sector, it is not at satisfactory level at present; especially lack of energy has
  25. 25. TradePolicyReview Page26 created massive dissatisfaction among the business community and general public. So with the view to improve the situation,theGovernmenthas toadopt measures tointensifyandimplement the above programsanddevelopstrategiestoaddresstheproblems. 84. There is also a need to expand and improve market access through strong bilateral and multilateral negotiations. Least developed countries (LDCs) have been recognized as "the poorest and weakest segment of the international community" and countries in special difficulties by the United Nations and the WTO. Hence, they are supposed to get special treatment in their trade from the developed and other developing countries in terms of market access and capacitydevelopment. In this regard, Nepal is working together with fellow LDCs in the international forums to utilize the opportunities under the Special and Differential treatment. In this context, to identify national needs and therebydetermine national positions, and properlycoordinate among the stakeholders and guide the missions abroad which will negotiate with bilateral and multilateral counterparts, Nepal has taken several measures to strengthen its capacity in terms of both quality and quantity of its human resources in its diplomatic missions abroad and in the agencies inside the country, particularly in MOCS, MOI, MOAC, MOFA, MOF and other agencies of the Government and private sector involved in analysing trade situation and in trade negotiations. The logistics in these agencies are also insufficient and need to be commensurately increased. It is providing national and international training to many trade officials. It has planned to intensify such activities in future also. It has decided to establish a Trade Policy Analysis Wing under MOCS and to reform and strengthen the TEPC. Both the activities are under implementation. In addition, the Government has initiated to increase human resource in its diplomatic missions abroad and has prioritized economic diplomacy that focuses on trade promotion theme as development multiplier. In order to expand regional and international markets, it has given high priority to the membership of different regional and multilateral tradegroupings. 85. The present WTO rules and regulations are already being implemented. Negotiations are continued for further improvements in it. Similarly, SAFTA Agreement also has been implemented. But due to various reasons it has not been very effective. The BIMSTEC negotiation is undergoing. Nepal also intends to participate in APTA. In addition to bilateral trade agreements, many developed and developing countries have provided several concessional market accesses to LDCs under GSP by developed countries, GSTP by developing countries and Duty Free Quota Free Market Access provisions by both developed and developing countries, which should be properly identified and studied, and the studyrecommendations should be implementedaccordingly. 86. In principle, the Government has also given high priority to economic diplomacy. However, it has not been veryeffective. Efforts are under wayto implement it in a more aggressive and focused way. The Government is committed to further strengthen the collaboration and coordination with private sector. Market research is another area of lacking. The TEPC and the proposed TPAW should be constructivelyengaged in this endeavor. In this regard, the Government remains committed to coordinate with the private sector, particularly the product associations, and its diplomatic missions abroad todevelopan international market information center. 87. Presently, the global economy, in particular the LDCs, due to the frequent multiple crises such as food, financial, energy and debt, are facing multipronged problems. LDCs are the double victims of these crises as they have to, first, struggle to at least sustain the past achievements and, second, move their development process forward to the extent possible. For this to happen, theyneed an immediate financial, technical and market access support. In this backdrop, the Government in close cooperation with LDCs Group in Geneva has been seeking the immediate operationalization of all the LDCs specific provisions as documented in the various ongoing WTO negotiations, such as
  26. 26. Nepal Page27 NAMA, Agriculture, TRIPS, Services, Trade Facilitation and S&D Treatment as Early Harvesting. In this regard, the recent approval by the 8th WTO Ministerial of services waiver and extension of TRIPS implementation obligation for LDCs are positive steps. Nepal will continue its effort in this direction inthefuturetoo. 88. Another serious limitation is the weak conformity assessment infrastructure and quality infrastructure in the country. There are some initial level laboratories which are in the process of getting formally recognized by any of the existing international standardization mechanisms and are incapable of issuing such certification. In order to solve this problem, the Government has adopted three track approaches. In the first track it is upgrading the currently available laboratories with the assistance of DPs and is also building five new laboratories in the most important custom points in Indian border under Department of Customs. Similarly, in the second track, it has initiated process for getting recognition for the existing national standard institutions, i.e. NBSM and DFTQC by the Indian standardization institutions which is in a very advanced stage. A private pharmaceuticals lab has already received recognition from NABL. In the third track, it has taken initiative to enact an Accreditation Act which is in the parliament for approval. Once the accreditation board is formally established under the act, it will facilitate the process for getting international recognition from the international standard institutions. After it is recognized, the Board will start accrediting local laboratories which will clear the way for local laboratories to issue standard certificate to local products. This is expected to address a critical problem that national export trade is currently facing. 8. Conclusion 89. Trade is a means to fasten economic growth and alleviate poverty by providing employment and livelihood opportunities. Therefore, it has taken trade as an effective tool to reduce abject povertyin the country and to enhance the well being of the marginalized people. With this conviction, the Government has accorded high emphasis to trade and has mainstreamed trade into its development plansandprograms. 90. At the same time, the Government firmlybelieves that the real promotion of sustainable trade can be achieved through efficiency, quality and competitiveness. Accordingly, the Government, in the last two decades, has taken several measures to liberalize and open up trade and make it competitive. The membership of the WTO is a milestone towards this end and, during and after the accession to WTO, the process of liberalization was further intensified. The Government is fully committed to implement its WTO commitments. The Government further believes that the private sector is thereal player of tradeand theGovernment's role is to regulate, facilitate andexpand trade ininternational markets by effective bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations. The Government also supports the private sector in enhancing their capacity by providing assistance to increase their productivity, efficiency and competitiveness. In order to liberalize the economy and make it private sector friendly, it has amended the existing laws and introduced new laws and regulations as required in a timely manner. Similarly, it has promulgated new economic policies including trade and industrial policies, considering the changed context of globalization and liberalization. It has tried to promote private sector investors, both domestic and foreign, by providing them various incentives through the new Industrial Policy 2010, Board of Investments Act 2011 and other investment related policies and agreements like BIPPA and double taxation avoidance agreement. The Government has taken several initiatives to remove supply side constraints and to diversify and increase the size of exportbasket. 91. The Trade Policy 2009 and NTIS 2010 are important instruments which have precisely identified the requirements for the promotion of trade and prescribed the list of actions needed to be
  27. 27. TradePolicyReview Page28 undertaken inthis regard.TheGovernment and theDPsneedtocome togetherand jointlyact inclose coordination to implement all the suggestions made bythese two policydocuments. The Governmenthas officially adopted NTIS as the midterm national trade strategy and has started implementing it. However, the Government does not have sufficient resources to implement all of them on its own. So, the DPs are expected to extend their support in a coordinated and coherent manner to fully implement the identified program. Some DPs have shown their interest and have started implementing some projects fromNTIS. 92. The Government has also initiated efforts to build capacity both within the Government agencies and in the private sector. National Implementation Unit (NIU) has been established in MOCS within the framework of EIF with an objective of developing it as a fully capable unit and thereby facilitating national capacity building. The NIU will be engaged in preparing and implementation of EIF Tier one and Tier two projects including capacity development. It will also monitor the implementationofselectedprojects. 93. In the same way, there are a number of constraints creating hurdles in the growth of trade, such as inadequate basic infrastructure: energy, standardized laboratories and transport infrastructure. To meet the requirements, the Government and DPs should come together through aid for trade process or other appropriate bilateral and multilateral processes to develop requisite infrastructures and avail facilities of standardized laboratories. Such assistance should adhere to the principles of Paris Declaration 2005 and Accra Agenda for Actions 2008. There is a need to strengthen country's ownership by following demand driven process and enhancing direct budgetary support while ensuring full transparencyand accountabilityof recipients. 94. Nepal considers rule based and non-discriminatory multilateral trading system as the bedrock of trade regime and reiterates its commitment to it as an article of faith. Nepal being the first LDC to join the Organization through the accession process, attaches great importance to the functioning of the World Trade Organization. It has made best efforts to implement commitments and to accelerate legal reform and human resource development in compliance with WTO provisions. The Government of Nepal is striving to foster and support a vigorous and competitive private sector and to develop Nepal as an attractive destination for trade and investment. Nepal's participation at the WTO ministerial conferences at the highest level is something that also demonstrates the high level of commitment to the multilateral trading process. Today the country stands at a crucial juncture of political transformation and alongside, much needed socio-economic transformation. Economic agenda has a great bearing on the success of political transformation. While expressing deep appreciations to the international community, including WTO, for their valuable support, the Government of Nepal would like to invite them to continue and scale up such support in these critical times and contribute to make Nepala peaceful,stable, democratic andprosperous countryfor regional and global peace, security, stabilityand prosperity.
  28. 28. Nepal Page29 9. Acronym AfT : AidforTrade APP : Agricultural Perspective Plan APTA : Asia Pacific Trade Agreement ASYCUD A BIPPA DDCs DF DPs DTIS EIF FDI GATT GSP GSTP ICTs IF IMF ITC LDCs LLDCs MOCS MOFA MOF MOI NABL NAMA NRs NTBs NTIS R&D S&D SPS STDF TBT TEPC TRIPS TRTA UNCTAD VAT VDCs :AutomatedSystemforCustomsData : Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement : District Development Committees : Development Facilitator :DevelopmentPartners : DiagnosticTrade IntegrationStudy :EnhancedIntegratedFramework :ForeignDirectInvestment : GeneralAgreement onTariff andTrade :GeneralSystemofPreferences : Global System of Trading Preferences : Information and Communication Technologies :IntegratedFramework :InternationalMonetaryFund :InternationalTradeCenter : Least DevelopedCountries : Landlocked Least Developed Countries : Ministry of Commerce and Supplies : Ministry of Foreign Affairs : Ministry of Finance : Ministryof Industry : National Accreditation Board for Calibration and Testing Laboratories : Non-Agricultural Market Access :NepaleseRupees : Non-TradeBarriers :NepalTradeIntegratedStrategy2010 :ResearchandDevelopment : Special and Differential Treatment :SanitaryandPhyto-sanitary : Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) : Technical Barriers to Trade : TradeandEconomicPromotionCenter : Trade Related Intellectual PropertyRights : Trade Related Technical Assistance : United Nations Center for Trade and Development : ValueAddedTax : Village Development Committees
  29. 29. TradePolicyReview Page30 WB : WorldBank WIPO : World Intellectual Property Organization WTO : World Trade Organization __________